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Smokey Robinson talks new album, duet with Joss Stone tonight on 'American Idol'

March 26, 2009 |  2:04 pm

Tonight, “American Idol” continues Motown Week with longtime "Idol" fan and Season 8 coach Smokey Robinson, who will once again appear on the series to show the kids how it's done -- with a brand-new song of his own.

The 69-year-old will debut “You’re the One for Me,” a duet with Joss Stone from his forthcoming record, "Time Flies When You're Having Fun," which is tentatively scheduled to drop in May.

“I first met Joss in England when she was about 15,” Robinson said by phone today. “She’s just incredible, and her voice is so powerful.”

The former Miracles member said the two recorded the tune together in New York last year. And Stone isn’t the only guest Robinson has slated to appear on his forthcoming disc either. The “Tears of a Clown” singer has lined up India.Arie and Carlos Santana to appear on other tracks.

“I had a few people in mind for this project,” said Robinson, who added that he had been slowly putting together original songs (and a version of Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why”) for the record over the last three years.

So who would Robinson like to see take “Idol” this year? Could it be Adam Lambert, to whom he gave a standing ovation for the contestant's shockingly elegant take on "Tracks of My Tears"?

“Oh man,” Robinson laughed. “After mentoring these kids, I am so glad I don’t have to be the one to choose.... They are all so talented.”

-- Charlie Amter

Robinson performs “You’re the One for Me” tonight on “American Idol" at 8 p.m.

Photo: Fox